Search Results: "Alice Walker"


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BY THE LIGHT OF MY FATHER'S SMILE by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"An uncomfortable mix of visionary fable and screed."
Another idiosyncratic novel from Walker (Possessing the Secret of Joy, 1992, etc.), moving and puzzling by turns. Read full book review >

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IN LOVE & TROUBLE by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1973

"But the real stuff is nice as ever."
A collection of stories about black women in love and trouble which amounts to the same thing. Read full book review >

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THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 1982

"A lovely, painful book: Walker's finest work yet."
Walker (In Love and Trouble, Meridian) has set herself the task of an epistolary novel—and she scores strongly with it. Read full book review >

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YOU CAN'T KEEP A GOOD WOMAN DOWN by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 1981

A thin, often didactic, largely disappointing collection of stories from an enormously gifted author of short fiction (In Love & Trouble) and novels—whose storytelling powers seem wasted on the generally simple-minded material here. Read full book review >

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TO HELL WITH DYING by Alice Walker
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1988

"A Fine story of deep feeling."
In a short story produced as a picture book, a well-known novelist (The Color Purple) depicts the loving relationship between Mr. Sweet, "a diabetic and an alcoholic and a guitar player," and the girl who narrates the story. Read full book review >

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MERIDIAN by Andre Bernard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 1976

"Like the resolution (to which they are tangential), they seem mandated by history rather than invoked by the story."
The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970) cuts a swathe through southern black life, 19201965, as straight and distinct as a furrow. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1959

"They have written in short a thoroughly readable book from which lovers and parents can derive much wisdom and comfort."
At first another title was proposed for this book, Happily Together. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2011

"Life-affirmative and eccentrically inspirational."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of imparts life lessons and sage wisdom through the care and feeding of a delightful flock of chickens. Read full book review >

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POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 1992

"Female circumcision is a terrible travesty, but neither it nor Walker's talent is well served by this overwrought novel."
Here and there tantalizing remnants of the writing that made The Color Purple such a critical success, but for the most part Walker's latest is held hostage to an agenda—the eradication of female circumcision in Africa and the Middle East—a cause to which she will be contributing a portion of the royalties. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"More scrapbook than a solid volume, as the usual Walker themes appear only intermittently between clippings and movie memorabilia."
Like the quilt her character Celie makes in the bestselling novel The Color Purple, Walker has created a patchwork verbal memento of the filming of her novel that will delight fans and movie buffs but is too self-absorbed to be of general interest. Read full book review >

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THE TEMPLE OF MY FAMILIAR by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1989

"Others will enjoy its quirky ebb and flow, but bemoan its smugness and unfortunate tendency to turn characters into mouthpieces."
Walker follows the vast critical and popular success of The Color Purple (1982) with a sprawling mixture of feminism and spirituality centered on six characters searching for their identities and roots. Read full book review >

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NOW IS THE TIME TO OPEN YOUR HEART by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"An overwrought pastiche of muddled thinking."
An aging writer relates the lessons she's learned from life—an unconvincing mix of the politically correct and fabulous—while navigating the Colorado and Amazon rivers. Read full book review >